While it remains unclear whether President Donald Trump’s legal team will be able to reverse the election results in enough states to get him reelected, it appears as though other members of his family may be considering getting into politics as well.
That includes daughter-in-law Lara Trump, wife of presidential son Eric Trump.
The New York Times (yes, we know…), citing “three allies” close to Lara Trump, says she is considering entering the race as a Republican for North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr in 2022 when he is expected to retire.
Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law who emerged during the 2020 presidential campaign as a defender of President Trump’s basest political instincts, is now eyeing a political future of her own in her home state of North Carolina.
As Mr. Trump attempts to subvert the election to remain in power, Ms. Trump, three allies said, has been telling associates she is considering a run for Senate in 2022, in what is expected to be a competitive race for the first open Senate seat in a very swingy swing state in a generation. Senator Richard Burr, an unobtrusive Republican legislator who was thrust into the spotlight as chairman of a committee investigating the president’s ties to Russia, has said he will retire at the end of his term. Despite expanded turnout in rural areas, Mr. Trump won North Carolina by a smaller margin than he did four years ago, just 1.3 percentage points, a sign that overall the state is trending blue and that the race for the Senate seat will be tightly contested by both parties in the first post-Donald Trump election.
First of all, filing legitimate legal challenges to contest voting results based on credible evidence and witness affidavits that they may have been tampered with is not ‘subverting’ “the election to remain in power.”
“She’s very charismatic, she understands retail politics well, and has a natural instinct for politics,” Mercedes Schlapp, an adviser to the president’s campaign who also traveled the country as a surrogate alongside Lara Trump, 38, said. “In North Carolina, in particular, she’s a household name and people know her. She worked really hard on the campaign and was very involved in a lot of decisions throughout.”
That said, state Republicans are already lining up to position themselves for a run at Burr’s seat. The contenders, provided the president’s legal team is unsuccessful in court, include his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who is a former U.S. representative from North Carolina. A genuine conservative, he’d make us (and his state) proud.
As for the accuracy of the Times report, we’ll see. The ‘paper of record’ has a long history of getting a lot of Trump-related news wrong. But if Lara Trump does run, she will definitely be a formidable candidate.
“She has the trifecta: She can raise money, raise awareness of key issues and raise attention to her race. Unlike many typical politicians, she connects with people and is a compelling messenger,” former Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway told the Times.